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Description of resource:
"The Family Song" is a great song accompanied by vivid colourful animations perfectly suited to a kindergarten class to learn and understand what a family is in a fun and creative way. This song begins with a chickadee (bird) who lives in a tree with his mummy and daddy chickadees and that they are a family. Then there is also a family of matinees under the sea who are also a family. Followed by a family of penguins, a family of humans and a huge family of rabbits. This is a great song for Early Stage One students to learn about families, to comprehend that all families are different in size, species, age and composition and everyone must come from a family. This song includes words that rhymes with a simple happy beat that is cute and catchy. A kindergarten class will definitely have a fun time learning about family and family origins by singing along with this song while watching the animations on the Interactive Smart Board.
A teaching idea:
Teachers can get students to sing and watch "The Family Song" and after discussing with the students what their notion of family is (which links in with Creative Arts/Music KLA). Before starting the song, good idea to go through with all the important key words, such as chickadee and matinee. Brainstorm up on the Interactive White Board (IWB) a concept map, by asking the students what a family is, who are the different types of members (eg, usually has a mum, dad and baby; animals can have a family and so can humans). Students will be asked to come up to the board and write a word that entails family. Teachers will help students to sing along with "The Family Song", by putting the words of the song up onto an overhead projector, so the whole class can see and sing together to the song. The students will get to sing the song over and over again by watching and listening to the Youtube clip, this will help them to become more competent in singing the song. Students can also be taught dance moves that go with the song to make the lesson more fun and active (which will link in with Creative Arts/Dance and PDHPE/Dance).
Students can draw a picture of a family and write one sentence describing that family. They can also label all the different family members in the family. For those high ability children, they can write a story on the family.
A literacy and numeracy strategy:
Literacy strategy - By getting the students to read the words to the song on the overhead projector in order to master the song, is an excellent and very effective literacy strategy, by encouraging the class creatively improve on their reading in a fun way as indicated in the English Syllabus ' ENe-4A Demonstrates developing skills and strategies to read, view and comprehend short, predictable texts on familiar topics in different media and technologies' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.37). Also, by getting the children to label their family members or write one sentence describing the family in their picture in the assessment task, is another literacy strategy, which helps children to improve their writing. This can be linked to the English Syllabus 'ENe-2A Composes simple texts to convey an idea or message' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.33).
Numeracy strategy - This task incorporates a numeracy task by getting the students to count how many members are in each family in the song (eg, three members in the chickadee family), as linked to the mathematics outcome 'MAe-4NA Counts to 30, and orders, reads and represents numbers in the range 0 to 20' (Board of Studies NSW, 2012, p.45).
Link to pedagogical research:
Music is central to quality early childhood development (Schiller, 2008, para.1). It plays a crucial job in establishing the atmosphere of the classroom, developing skills and concepts, helping children make transitions, and creating a sense of community. Lately, early literacy has a strong national focus and discovered that singing songs, reciting chants and rhymes play a valuable role in forming the foundation for reading preparation. Evidence indicates that these activities can enhance vocabulary and develop sound discrimination, which are vital to the development of literacy. The scope of a child’s vocabulary and ability to discriminate sounds are formidable forecasters of how a child will learn to read easily when exposed to literacy learning (Adams, Foorman, Lundberg & Beeler, 2002, as cited by Schiller, 2008, para.2).
By getting the students to write on the IWB and in their assessment tasks is highly important to make them successful in literacy. By increasing the time that primary grade students write shapes them into better writers (Graham, Gillespie & McKeown, 2013, p.8). Describing a picture is very beneficial for children's oral language development (Hill, 2012, p.53). However, teachers must gradually use pictures with increased complex themes and help children elaborate on their description of their pictures by questioning (Hill, 2012, p.53).
Furthermore, IWBs and other similar ICTs are strongly valued by teachers in the classroom as features such as clip art images, sound, animations, videos and hyperlinks proved to strengthen lessons, as teachers believe these aspects captures children's attention, prolong concentration and increase motivation for learning (Wood & Ashfield, 2008, p.91). Images displayed on the IWB were better quality than alternative resources such as overhead transparencies, posters and photocopied worksheets (Wood & Ashfield, 2008, p.91). Wood & Ashfield (2008, p.91), declares "Both teachers and students felt that the IWB and associated software enabled them to create ‘lively and exciting lessons’, drawing on video clips, photographs, animations and text from a variety of sources...".
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